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How to Spot Fake News

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Contact Name: Pat Aichele,
Type of Initiative: Civil Society    


What is Fake News? How can we wade through it? How do we know if a news source is reliable? These are some of questions that Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) provided answers to during its How to Spot Fake News program on Tuesday, January 24. Attended by more than 70 residents, (the room holds 60 – so it was a “full” house) the program provided a community forum for participants eager to learn how to navigate the increasingly difficult world of the 24-hour news cycle, social media and viral misinformation. Four AHML staff members shared their combined expertise on fact-checking including the “CRAPP” Test, a series of five questions aimed at vetting news sources and articles for truthful and objective journalism.  

“We’re really asking you to put on your Sherlock Holmes hats and to become detectives on your own,” said presenter Alice Son, Teen Advisor at AHML.

Other tools presented during the 60-minute workshop included fact-checking websites like Snopes, Politifact and Factcheck.  Following the program, the library posted a recap to its website and social media sites.

Due to the program’s popularity, the library will repeat the session on February 23. In March, the library continues its community conversation tailored at engaging citizens to become better informed and a more civic society with a program titled Media Bias and Alternative Facts. 

How to Spot Fake News – Thursday, February 23, 7-8:30 p.m.

Media Bias and Alternative Facts – Thursday, March 23, 7-8:30 p.m.